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Built by Nature: new initiative to accelerate the transition to sustainable construction in cities

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10 Nov 2021

The constructed surroundings accounts for shut to 40 per cent of greenhouse gasoline emissions globally. And with cities turning into more and more populated and rising quickly, there’s an pressing want to make construction extra sustainable by searching for various low-emission supplies. EIT Climate-KIC is partnering with Laudes Foundation’s Built by Nature to obtain simply that, working with the cities of Milan and Madrid as testbeds for innovation.

Using a mass timber superstructure in buildings wouldn’t solely require much less metal and concrete but in addition ship a lighter basis, lowering constructing embodied emissions by nearly a 3rd, in accordance to a examine by EIT Climate-KIC accomplice Materials Economics. This presents an enormous alternative for the construction sector to transition to extra sustainable practices and have a optimistic impression on the planet and society.

To help this transition, Laudes Foundation has launched Built by Nature, a multi-million euro grant-making fund and community that intention to drive ahead the timber constructing transformation and absolutely decarbonise the constructed surroundings – working with nature, not towards it.

The initiative contains an accelerator fund to assist companies deliver optimistic local weather impression by creating options that scale up timber constructing from sustainably sourced forests. Additionally, a community is being launched that connects key actors throughout the constructed surroundings and forest communities by means of nationwide and metropolis networks and occasions. This will consequence in elevated analysis, innovation and regulatory work wanted to transcend pilots and spark city-scale tasks, and can amplify the tales of ground-breaking timber tasks and options, altering perceptions round  construction with timber.

The initiative features a vary of companions enacting optimistic change resembling Bauhaus der Erde, the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Cities4Forests and EIT Climate-KIC.

EIT Climate-KIC joined Built by Nature by means of its “Healthy, Clean Cities: European Cities for Carbon-Neutral Construction” (HCC EU CINCO) challenge, working with builders, designers, traders, asset house owners and insurers, alongside policymakers and metropolis leaders in the municipalities of Milan and Madrid to form the marketplace for round and bio-based embodied carbon impartial buildings.

The challenge integrates the systemic strategy of EIT Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstration methodology, bringing transdisciplinary, cross-cutting alignment in the direction of shared societal targets, with the goal to:

  • Reduce Scope 3 emissions from the manufacturing of supplies in buildings and infrastructure
  • Better combine circularity rules in the constructed surroundings
  • Redesign provide chains in two regeneration tasks in the cities to improve use of bio-based supplies, sequester carbon, and exchange extra carbon-intensive
  • Ensure collective studying, in order that the two taking part cities, Milan and Madrid, share information and expertise.

“Cities are complex systems in which policy, capital, and project scales all interact. We cannot ask cities to embrace net zero ambitions if we are not prepared to offer them the capabilities and resources to drive systems-level changes. Doing that demands that we push boundaries with businesses, finance partners, and city governments simultaneously. In this context, Built by Nature is a convening and funding power that will enable a revolution in the way we think about innovation for climate action. One of the most interesting things we are learning is that once this approach begins, it leads to actions no one could have anticipated before we started. We cannot state strongly enough that the path to net-zero carbon requires a focus on innovation shaped to learn about what we do not yet know, rather than trying to do what we already know as fast as we can.”Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC